I drove out to the old farm that I grew up at today. I just arrived home, but wanted to jot a few things down while they are still in my head. I need to carry a journal with me always. *sigh* All of my little siblings are growing up so fast...like weeds, as mum would say. Memories flood my head every time I go there. One in particular really struck me as I drove past Donovan's grave. I miss him. I miss his laugh. His sarcasm. His teasing. His smile. His hugs. He was such a unique man. My family and I loved him, and I still think of him every day. Every.Day. 
Danny showed me his "guns" or, as others may see them, a broken fishing pole and croquet stick. But to him, a machine gun and I hope I am getting this right--bazooka gun? He told me all about it, but a seven-year old babbling boy has so much to say it's hard to contain it all. ^_^ 
Leslie informed me she loved her new haircut I gave her, and is turning into such a beautiful young lady. I thought myself so much older at ten, and looked it too. She is quite the talented reader though, and I love the little books she writes.
Isaiah is almost as tall as me now! I couldn't believe it when I saw him. Pretty soon he'll be 5ft 9 in and I'll be shorter than him. He is so quiet sometimes, I often wonder what he is thinking. Probably beautiful things, and it makes me curious with wonder all the time.
Caleb still seems so gruff around the edges, but is a puddle of warmth on the inside. He reminds me so much of my dad. Even the way he laughs and talks and walks. It makes me grin.
Melissa and Ezra were gone, and I missed them. And then of course the married and engaged siblings of mine were gone also. Mum and Dad's once so big nest is dwindling. Slowly, but surely. Secretly they are probably rejoicing. ;-) 
I made dinner for them when I got out there. Twice baked potatoes, corn on the cob, watermelon, and grilled chicken breast. So. Yummy. I posted some pictures down below. It was such a good time out there tonight. The hugs when I was leaving were genuine. My little brothers didn't want to let go. I felt saddened when I left. The drive home was beautiful.Lightning shot across the sky like a firework show. And now that I am home in my warm bed, it's raining outside, drenching the black earth.

corn husking (Isaiah, Leslie, and Daniel)


Leslie about to whack Isaiah


           I suggested we make corn silk mustaches. ^_^
(Leslie, Isaiah, Danny, Mum, Caleb)                                                  

Jam from our raspberries

Fresh corn on the cob


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